好久不见

By Stephen Ewashkiw | September 30, 2013

Long time no see, or hǎo jiǔ bu jiàn in Chinese, seems like an appropriate calque to use today. You see, I have never seen China. However, in a little more than one week, Jane and I will arrive in Beijing.

Yes, it is true.

We are officially going to China!!!

Our passports are back, and our visas are in them. In fact, we got three months longer than we thought we would, so we now have six months to explore mountains, temples, and culinary delights. Thanks VisaHQ for making the process as easy as it could be.

We still have many things left on our To Do list before our plane leaves next week. The biggest task is figuring out what we are not taking with us, then shipping it back to Canada. It looks like we will be sending our tent and sleeping bags back. But we are keeping our camping stove, so we can enjoy a home cooked meal whenever we want.

Now that we have the visas it also means I have more yoga to plan. China will be the fifth country I have never been to that I will teach yoga in this year. I am already working on classes for Beijing, Shanghai, Nanning, and Hong Kong. I’ll keep you posted!

The Life Of A Bon Vivant

Jesse and I hit up the coffee roaster near his house today.

He had been to Kiez Rösterei once before but hadn’t really liked the coffee he had. This time however, we were blown away. Stefan, the owner and roaster, was happy to talk to us about his coffee, suggesting a few for us to sample, and then making us amazing siphon-brewed Columbian coffee.

It was just the way I like it, with a deep and complex set of flavours, but not too acidic. We then sampled the second roast from Stefan’s new roaster, which was a Cuban bean. It’s been a long time since I had a true Cuban coffee, having lived in the US for the past seven years. It was exceptional. I bought some Cuban beans and look forward to home brewing them.

While we were in the cafe there were two other gentlemen there enjoying coffee, and as the cafe is small, we got to talking. It turns out they are from Peru, and here to convince Stefan to purchase their beans. Direct sales like this is the best way for the producers to get a good price for their coffee, and it has replaced Fair Trade as the best way to buy.

Maybe they’ll come by this blog and find their way to some of the great small-batch roasters I have visited on our trip.

Hello Abs

Jane and I went back to YogaCircle Berlin for another class tonight, this time with Thomas leading the group. He is co-owner of the studio, and it was an advanced class, so we were geared up for really hard asana. However, the class wove mantra, mudra, pranayama (I have never done that much kapalabhati in one day), and asana. It was a real mix of all of these, as we spent an equal amount of time on each.

This meant we didn’t have our muscles and ligaments worked hard in the way we expected, but it was such a refreshing change, and a chance to work hard on other aspects of our practice that our personal practice doesn’t often focus on. Plus, as I write this the next morning, my abs are sure feeling all the work from the pranayama.

It’s hard to believe breathing can be such hard work.  

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Hi, I’m Stephen, full-time travelling yoga teacher & founder of Adventure Yoga. I’ve taught yoga in 25 countries and have had adventures in 50! At My Five Acres, we inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.

8 comments

  1. Comment by Malcolm

    Malcolm Reply October 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Congratulations. That’s terrific news. We’re excited for you.

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen October 5, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Thanks. We are pretty nervous and excited ourselves!

  2. Comment by ariel

    ariel Reply October 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Amazing! Those pictures of you two are priceless! Can’t wait to hear the reports from the (silk) road.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane October 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Thanks Ariel! We can’t wait to get there.

  3. Comment by Taina

    Taina Reply October 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Congratulations you guys, that’s amazing! So excited for you, and the interesting blogs to come. And love the crazt face pics – priceless? Curious – why no tent in Asia?

    • Comment by Taina

      Taina October 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      ok, typing too fast. That was meant to say “And love the “crazy face” pics – priceless!”. Time for a nap I guess…

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane October 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

      No tent in Asia because we’ve heard that you can get a decent guest house for around $10-20 a night, and that there are so many people everywhere it tends to be hard to find a place to camp. Since we’re still not very good at wild camping, we’re pretty sure we’d almost never attempt to do it, so the tent and sleeping bags would likely just be dead weight.

      PS. What do you mean by crazy face? I thought we looked beautiful!

    • Comment by Taina

      Taina October 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I never said your crazy faces weren’t beautiful! :)

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